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2017/2018 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
12 February 2018 Information Security and Cyber Crime Risk Patrick Kelliher
8 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Stirling talk - Stephen Cunningham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Glasgow talk - Dermot Grenham
7 February 2018 Chartered Actuary proposal Edinburgh talk - John Taylor
30 January 2018 Infrastructure risks Chris Lewin
16 January 2018 Actuaries - unlikely saviours of the world? Sandy Trust (Grant Thornton), Marianne Harper-Gow (Baillie Gifford) and Kaisie Rayner (Scottish Widows)
12 January 2018 Engaging with Employers of Actuaries, in Scotland Catherine Thorn and Debbie Atkins
19 December 2017 A customer-focused investment product minimising pensions plans Dr Catherine Donnelly
12 December 2017 Machine Learning Valerie du Preez
11 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
5 December 2017 Actuaries' Code Alan Watson
16 November 2017 Scottish Mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Edinburgh)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
15 November 2017 Mental Health in the Workplace
(Glasgow)
Josh Quigley, Tartan Explorer, and Lorna Gemme, Law at Work, Barclays
15 November 2017

Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Glasgow)

Susan Hanlon, Mercer
9 November 2017 Scottish mortality - how is it different and why does it matter?
(Stirling)
Susan Hanlon, Mercer
2 November 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Glasgow)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
26 October 2017 Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Stirling)
Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
25 October 2017

Longevity trends and CMI 2016
(Edinburgh)

Conor O'Reilly and Siobhan Lough, Hymans Robertson
15 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Edinburgh) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
14 June 2017 DC Pensions: Consolidate and certify (Glasgow) John McAleer and Gareth Doyle, Aon
9 June 2017 Reponsible investment: The new bottom line Anthony Plotnek and Rob Nakielny, EY
18 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Glasgow) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
17 May 2017 IRM - Putting theory into practice for UK DB pension schemes (Edinburgh) Presented by members of the Integrated Risk Managment (IRM) Working Party. include Andrew Hitchcox (chair), Chinu Patel, Chris Ramsey, Ed Studd, Lok Ma, Marian Elliott, and Tim Keogh.
26 April 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Edinburgh) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
5 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Stirling) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
4 April 2017 Revised Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) (Glasgow) Robert Inglis and Ann Muldoon, FRC
29 March 2017 History of British Actuarial Thought Craig Turnbull, Standard Life
16 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Stirling) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
9 March 2017 A day in the life of .... a unit-linked actuary (Edinburgh) Craig Smith, Standard Life, and Robert Whitehouse, Royal London
22 February 2017 A view from China Ellen Yang, KPMG
25 January 2017 The changing pensions landscape Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications at Royal London, and former Pensions Minister
19 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Edinburgh) Peter Joshi FIA
11 January 2017 Genomics basis of human lifespan (Stirling) Peter Joshi FIA
23 November 2016 Being an effective actuary David Hare, former IFoA President
1 November 2016 - Glasgow
2 November 2016 - Edinburgh and Stirling
Presidential visit and strategy refresh Colin Wilson, President, IFoA, and Derek Cribb, CEO
27 October 2016 Actuarial data needs David Alison and Meshali Chotai, KPMG
25 October 2016 Target-risk equity funds John Caslin, Director, Alder Capital
5 October 2016 - Stirling
13 October 2016 - Edinburgh
Climate change - a classic risk management problem Sandy Trust, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP
22 September 2016 Attention, deficit! Managing small pension schemes Andy Thomson, Director, Thomson Dickson Consulting Ltd
7 September 2016 -
Glasgow;
8 September 2016 -
Edinburgh and Stirling
Target-risk equity funds John Caslin

2015/2016 Session

Date Topic Speaker/Social Event
19 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Glasgow and Edinburgh)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
18 July 2016 FRC Consultation  (Stirling)
Changes to Specific Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) and rationale for changes
Robert Inglis, Ann Muldoon
21 June 2016 Demographics Amy Wilson and Kirsty MacLachlan
20 June 2016 Microinsurance Eamon Kelly and Henry Yan
26 May 2016 Industrialised Financial Reporting Working Party Representatives from the Working Party
20 April 2016 Behavioural Economics and Financial Services Professor Liam Delaney, Director of Behavioural Science Centre, Stirling Management School
13 April 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You (meetings held in Stirling and Glasgow) Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
30 March 2016 Public Sector Pension Changes
(meetings held in Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
Allan Martin
17 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
16 March 2016 EU Referendum Tim Werkhoven
2 March 2016 Fundamentally re-thinking ALM Paul Fulcher, Nomura International
Neil Snyman, Aviva Investors
9 February 2016 The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) Disciplinary Scheme and You Fiona Burrough, Case Manager, IFoA
13 January 2016 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Iain Ritchie, PhD Student, Heriot-Watt University
14 December 2015 The Challenges of an Ageing Population Professor David Bell and Professor Liam Delaney
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Glasgow) Christine McConnell, Head of Regualtory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
1 December 2015 Risk Roadshow (Edinburgh) Christine McConnell, Head of Regulatory Compliance, IFoA, and
Phil Doggart, Policy Manager, IFoA
22 October 2015 Model-independent price bounds for the Swiss Re Mortality Bond 2003 Raj Bahl, PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh
15 & 19 September 2015 What is funding liquidity risk and how can a bank manage it? Presented by Iain Ritchie, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow and Edinburgh

2014/2015 Session

  • 26 May 2015 - Critial Illness Pricing: Can prices get any lower? Presented by Matthew Smith, Pacific Life Re.  Hosted by the IFoA, Edinburgh.  
     
  • 21 May 2015 - The 3 Rs: Risk, Regulation and Ring-fencing.  Navigating the pensions maize at UK banks.  Presented by Doug Baird and Sharon Midwinter, RBS.  Hosted at the IFoA, Edinburgh.
     
  • 7 May 2015 - Professional Skills Event - Solving business issues and dilemmas.  Presented by Tony Hewitt FIA, Lecturer at Imperial College, London (2008-2014)
             
  • 26 March 2015 - A sea change in pensions.  Presented by John Warburton, Executive Director, Distributions, and Sandy Trust, Corporate Pensions, Head of Unit Linked Funds, Prudential
     
  • 12 March 2015 - Demonstrating solvency by brute force is computationally tractable.  Presented by Mark Tucker, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and hosted by Moody's Analytics
     
  • 26 February 2015 - Impact of the 2014 budget on DB pension schemes.  Presented by Steven Yates, Andrew Hornell and Stuart Cook, Towers Watson
     
  • 24 February 2015 - Recovery and resolution planning.  Presented by Sandy Reid from Standard Life and James Crispin from AEGON UK Plc.
     
  • 5 February 2015 - Current legislative developments in the pensions industry.  Presented by John Wilson, Head of Technical, JLT Benefit Solutions
     
  • 15 January 2015 - There's more to life than pensions.  Presented by Maggie Craig, Head of Savings and Investment Division, Policy, Risk and Research Division, Financial Conduct Authority
     
  • 4 December 2014 -  Joint KSS and CANUK event with two presentations:
    •  An Englishman in PRC. Presented by John Atherton, Standard Life.  
    • ​Trends and opportunities of investing in emerging markets.  Presented by Steven Yang Yu, Redington
       
  • 17 November 2014 - Adverse selection in a start-up long-term care insurance market.  Presented by Dr Craig Adams, Data Manager, Market Consistent Reporting, Aegon
     
  • 20 October 2014 - Talk 1 - Fund governance and oversight.  Talk 2 - Taxation of unit linked life funds.  Presented by George McCutcheon, Financial Risk Solutions Ltd.  Hosted by Prudential, Craigforth, Stirling
     
  • 30 September 2014 - Cause of death modelling.  Presented by Donald MacLeod, Chief Actuary, Scottish Friendly Assurance Society and Chair of the Cause of Death Modelling Party.  Hosted by KPMG, Gl
     
  • 10 September 2014 - Family fortunes. Perception vs reality around retirement.  Presented by Stephen Birch and Mark Jaffray, Hymans Robertson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Edinburgh

2013/2014 Session

  • 25 September 2013 - Unmanageable Pensions debts - or perhaps "When push (pension debt) comes to shove (sponsoring employer insolvency).  Presented by Allan Martin. Hosted by KPMG Glasgow.
     
  • 28 November 2013 - A discussion in GMP Equalisation and Conversion and Changes to Accountancy Disclosures. Presented by Russell Laver and Murray Wright from JLT Group.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by JLT Group, Edinburgh.
     
  • 24 January 2014 - A progress report on the IFoA Quality Assurance Scheme. Presented by Ben Kemp, General Council of the IFoA. Hosted by Mercer, Edinburgh.
     
  • 6 February 2014 - Employer sponsored benefits - impact on the wider market. Presented by Lee Lovett, Head of Business Development, UK & Ireland, Munich Re.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Standard Life, Edinburgh.
     
  • 20 February 2014 - The Economic Impact of Scottish independence. Speakers Prof David Bell, University of Stirling and Dr Angus Armstrong, National Institute of Economic & Social Research.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling.
     
  • 13 March 2014 - Building and using an effective risk appetite framework.  Presented by Chris Cormack, Head of Financial Risk, Royal London.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here. Hosted by Royal London, Edinburgh.
     
  • 16 April 2014 - Alternative annuity design: constructing the pension schemes of the future. Presented by Dr Catherine Donnelly, Heriot Watt University. Hosted by Heriot Watt University.
     
  • 1 May 2014 - Banking for Actuaries. Presented by John Young, Head of Customer Value, Retail Products, RBS.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Ernst & Young, Edinburgh.
     
  • 12 June 2014 - Dealing with Government. Presented by Alan Rubenstein, Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund.  A copy of the presentation can be seen here.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow.  

2012/2013 Session

  • 17 April 2013 - Hope for the best but prepare for the worst – looking at the impact of a prolonged period of  low long term interest rates on pension fund and insurance company balance sheets.  Presented by Hamish Wilson.  Hosted by Hymans Robertson, Glasgow
     
  • 22 May 2013 - The impossibility of pensions – Can society support a retired population in the style it desires. Presented by Kate Yates. Hosted by Towers Watson, Edinburgh
     
  • 28 June 2013 - The forthcoming FCA annuity review and the implications for the industry.  Hosted by KPMG, Edinburgh
     
  • 31 Jul 2013 - Discussion of EIOPA A long term guarantee impact assessment Study.  Presented by Sandy Sharp.  Hosted by Prudential, Stirling

Contact Details

For information regarding regional societies, please contact the Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, Kirstie Smith.

kirstie.smith@actuaries.org.uk

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  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Hong Kong

    Club@28, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, Causeway Bay, No.8 Leighton Road (Chinese address :香港铜锣湾皇冠假日酒店28层Club@28, 香港铜锣湾礼顿道8号 )
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Shenzen

    Shenzhen:  GlassHammer Bar, L1-131-133, Futiam Shopping Mall, Shenzhen. (Chinese address: 玻璃锤精酿啤酒屋(原Taps),深圳市福田区购物公园1楼商铺131-133)
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Shanghai

    Shanghai: Bluefrog (next to Super Grand Mall), No. 12-14 Fucheng Road, Shanghai. (Chinese address: Bluefrog蓝蛙正大店,富城路12-14号,正大广场对面)
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception in Beijing

    Beijing: Jazz.ya APM,L621-623, Sun Dong An Plaza Plaza, No. 138 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing (Chinese address: 北京市东城区王府井大街138号新东安广场L621-623商铺)
    17 January 2020

    Spaces available

    The IFoA Beijing Office invite all of our members to join the New Year Member Event and Volunteer Reception. We would like to thank all our members and volunteers, to congratulate all the new qualifiers in the September exam session, and to celebrate the New Year 2020 and the Spring Festival together!

    This social event is free and open to all IFoA members.

    Save the date and join us!

  • Sessional Meeting - Operational Risk Dependencies

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 9 Queen St Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    20 January 2020

    Fully booked.

    The Operational Risk Working Party aims to assist actuaries and others in the modelling and management of operational risk. One of the key challenges in modelling operational risk is the modelling of dependencies between operational risks, and between operational and non-operational risks such as market, credit and insurance risk.

  • KSS event in Glasgow: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson, Glasgow 20 Waterloo St, Glasgow
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Stirling: Public Sector Pensions

    M&G Prudential, Stirling Craigforth Campus, Stirling
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • KSS event in Edinburgh: Public Sector Pensions

    Hymans Robertson 1, Exchange Place, Semple St, Edinburgh
    30 January 2020

    Spaces available

    – the unappreciated key assumption, the resulting unsustainable promises, the unmanaged risk and the unrecognised debt? 

    Speaker: Allan Martin will present this talk on 30 January in Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. If you wish to register for another location please return to the Events Calendar.

  • The Great Risk Transfer – Breakfast briefing and launch event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    31 January 2020

    Fully booked.

     

    Launch of the IFoA’s 2020 thought leadership campaign The Great Risk Transfer. The campaign will examine the trend of the transfer of risk from institutions to individuals, and how people can be better equipped to manage the financial risks they now face. At this breakfast event the IFoA will launch a call for evidence on this topic.

  • Joint IFoA and SOAT Professional Skills Training event - Bangkok

    Thai Life Insurance PCL, 13th Floor, Meeting Room 13/2, 123 Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand  
    7 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This session is jointly organised by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Society of Actuaries of Thailand (SOAT).

    Video case studies will be selected from the IFoA’s 2019/2020 online content which covers a range of topics under an overarching theme of “A Trusted Profession”. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

     

  • Cyber Risk Event

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    10 February 2020

    Spaces available

    What do good cyber practices look like and, to what extent, can we as an industry implement these operationally and recognise these for underwriting?

  • KSS event: Where now for pensions?

    Royal London Group, 1 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DG
    18 February 2020

    Spaces available

    With a single party government at Westminster holding a comfortable majority, and with the first phase of Brexit complete, the potential for radical reforms of the pensions landscape is increased. 

    Former Pensions Minister Steve Webb discusses what changes we can expect to see in pensions including in state pensions, pension tax relief, automatic enrolment and the workplace pension landscape.

  • Sessional: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party

    Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
    24 February 2020

    Spaces available

    This sessional meeting will be of direct interest to actuaries and others working in the in the Health and Care, Life or Pensions sectors or indeed actuaries with an interest in morbidity or mortality. Note: Registration is from 17.30 in time for the sessional to begin at 18.00.

  • KSS event: How is Scotland’s population changing and what are the implications?

    New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh
    5 March 2020

    Spaces available

    The National Records of Scotland (NRS) collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history to inform current and future generations - work that underpins the fabric of Scottish society and tells the story of our nation. This KSS talk will explore the following and other areas impacting Scotland’s changing population, and assess the potential implications of the changes:

  • Board agenda: Why Responsible Investing, ESG, and Climate Change matters to Pension Funds, Companies

    Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, Holborn, London. WC1V 6DR, UK
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Recent years have seen ESG, Climate Change, and Responsible Investing thrust onto the corporate agenda in every boardroom. The same also be said for pension funds. Expectations of how companies should respond are high and NEDs on Boards are expected to adapt and adjust their guidance to companies accordingly. What does this mean for Actuaries serving as NEDs and Trustees?

  • KSS event: A Cashless Society- Benefits, Risks, Issues and Developments

    Deloitte, 4th Floor, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace
    19 March 2020

    Spaces available

    Speaker: Iain Collier, Chair of the CSWP

    The talk will look to cover the following: Progression towards a Cashless Society • Developments home and overseas • Benefits, Risks and Issues • Crypto Currencies and Central Bank Digital Currencies.

    There will be an extended Q&A session at the end of the event.

  • Spring Lecture 2020, Edinburgh - Vicky Pryce

    Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us for our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • Spring Lecture 2020: Live Streaming

    Webinar
    25 March 2020

    Spaces available

    What next in Economic Policy? Please join us on 25 March 2020 for the live stream of our annual Spring Lecture presented by Vicky Pryce in Edinburgh. Vicky is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

  • SIAS Event: CMI Update

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    1 April 2020

    Spaces available

    Following the release of the updated CMI Mortality Projection Model, CMI_2019, the CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on future mortality improvements.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2020, Kuala Lumpur

    CCEC Nexus, 7, Jalan Kerinchi, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    24-25 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Join us at the IFoA Asia Conference 2020 at CCEC Nexus, Kuala Lumpur where intellectual thought leaders, senior industry players, opinion formers, academics, actuaries and non-actuaries from across Asia and beyond are expected to attend. This year's landmark conference promises to an exciting one as our first Asian President-elect, Tan Suee Chieh will, as newly appointed president of the IFoA, use his presidential address to highlight the two key pillars of the IFoA’s emerging strategy:

    • the reinvention of the profession in terms of its skillsets and mind-sets so that we can thrive in an increasing range of domains in a digital age;
    • the widening application of actuarial science in achieving social impact and sustainability goals.

    We are also delighted to announce that the Honourable Mr. Lim Guan Eng, Minister of Finance, Malaysia, will be the guest of honour at this year's conference.

    Should you be interested in presenting and sharing your expertise with international industry players, opinion formers, peers, and academics, please submit your proposal by 20 January.

    Early bird registration is now open until 1 March.  10% group discounts are offered to a minimum of six IFoA members booking in a single transaction.  Limited spaces are available, so please sign-up early to avoid disappointment.